Muschamp’s Christmas list

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Santa may still have some recruiting gifts for Muschamp. (Photo by Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun)

Christmas has came and gone for Florida coach Will Muschamp, but there are some presents that haven’t made it under his tree yet.

With six weeks to go until National Signing Day, here are five things Muschamp still hopes to get from Santa.

1. Pick up another DE

Florida currently has 25 commits for 2013 and the class is already complete. But if UF could only sign one more prospect, it would need to be a defensive end. Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles will start out at strongside DE , but they could eventually become tackles once they put on weight. Jordan Sherit will play weakside, but he’ll likely redshirt next season because of the torn ACL he suffered in early October.

So it’s important for Muschamp add another pass rusher to this class, and he has a few targets in sight. Elijah Daniel might be the surest shot. He has Florida high on his list and officially visits on Jan. 11. The Gators also host Auburn commit Tashawn Bower on Jan. 18 and USC commit Jason Hatcher on Jan. 25, and they’re still in contention for Alabama commit DeMarcus Walker.

2. Reel Robinson back in

Muschamp lost receiver Demarcus Robinson to Clemson earlier this month, but he isn’t going down without a fight. Although the Dead Period began the day after Robinson decommitted, Muschamp is still able to contact him because he’s a midyear graduate and applied for early enrollment at UF. The two have spoken over the past week, and I wouldn’t count Florida out until he’s sitting in a Clemson classroom. The Gators should be able to find a fifth wideout if Roberson sticks with the Tigers, but he’s the one they want first and foremost.

3. Hold on to Hearns

With defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and linebacker Daniel McMillian now solid in their UF pledges, James Hearns is the only member of Florida’s class who is a soft verbal. The Tallahassee Lincoln linebacker is 80-90 percent committed and takes an official to Ohio State on Jan. 11. Fortunately for the Gators, they get the last visit the following week and a chance shore up his commitment. UF has cooled on linebacker Trey Johnson, who is expected to choose Ohio State at the Under Armour All-American on Jan. 4. With Jarrad Davis flipping to Florida less than a week after Quinton Powell’s decommitment, Florida is done at the LB position unless Hearns bolts for the Buckeyes.

4. Land some luxuries

Other than defensive end and receiver, Muschamp doesn’t have any must-get prospects at other positions. However, running back Alex Collins, fullback Kennard Swanson, tight end Durham Smythe, defensive tackles Montravius Adams and Jaynard Bostwick and cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Jalen Ramsey (USC commit) all still have interest in UF. If Muschamp has the room and can land a couple of these recruits, it will just be icing on an already sweet class.

5. Early jump on juniors

At the beginning of this year, Muschamp got an early jump on the current class with a couple of Junior Days that yielded several commitments. He will look to do the same over the next six weeks. With the success of this past season, the top-ranked 2013 class and a trio of highly-ranked 2014 commits to boast, Muschamp should have enough excitement and momentum to start fast for the second-consecutive year.

23 COMMENTS

  1. If what I’ve heard is true about the Robinson situation then I think Muschamp will get that Christmas wish. It sounds like he got pressured by a coach who had his own interests in mind rather than DR’s. If that’s so then I think Muschamp will be able to break through that and get DR back on track. If he doesn’t then I won’t be at all disappointed with landing James Clark. The guy can flat out play! Whatever happens I’m confident in this class, and that the Gators will be strong for a long time to come! Bringin home the national title in 13! Go Gators!

  2. Zach, What about OG? I may be wrong, but from my look at the depth charts and the commits we have, it seems we have a ton of tackles, but few guards. Are we planning to move some tackles to guard, or are the coaches satisfied with the number we have now?

  3. By the way TJ. We often recruit OT to play Guard/Tackle because they are the most athletic of the big uglies up front.
    Zach i think it would be funny and perfect if they flipped D. Walker and Robinson. Collins and Kennard would be steels to top it off. Then we can really begin to speculate about the line up for next year in position battles. That would be awesome. Not sure if our Defense will be as smooth in 2013 with all the new faces. I love for you to message me if and when you get the chance on your thoughts. Of course the articles are just as good but message would just be nice. your tweeter just don’t allow you to right much.

  4. With Poole being the only CB remaining from last year’s class, and Hargreaves the only one in this class(unless Nick Washington can play CB), I think we definitely need one more, not for next year, but for down the road. Elite programs (see Bammer) recruit for down the road, we need to get to that point where we’re not relying on true FR much due to inadequate recruiting at certain positions.For the same reason, I think we need another DT in this class.

  5. Would be nice to get Adams, Alexander, Daniel, flip Walker and Robinson, an Collins decide to join the Gators. Don’t think we can get or take all of them but that’s a wish list. Ramsey would be a great flip for us but Kiffen has firmly planted his corrupt hands on this one.

  6. James, I saw Ramsey play on TV this year and I wasn’t overly impressed. I believe Alexander would be a much better pick up; although do we really need another corner in this class? Did anyone else see Ramsey play? Does anyone know much about Daniel?

  7. Any more updates on Brissett….staying or going? Seems to me that the Gators should ask him to stay, redshirt him next year (as Georgia did with their backup QB this year) and tell him he will be the starter his senior year….and learn till then. I think that would be a smart move for Brissett as well, as he would have to sit for a year if he transfers…with no guarantees to play either at his new residence. Brissett, if he redshirts and stays, would be the obvious starter his senior year at Florida…and plenty of time to impress the NFL scouts with that one year of production.

    I would think Stephen Alli has taken up enough roster room already, and I believe he graduates early anyway. Open up a spot for Robinson or Clark with him leaving the team and going on to gradulate school.

  8. James… no, UF has it’s OL class, not unless Tunsil suddenly commits. No way you could turn him away, but UF has 13 or 14 serviceable OL for next year, which a great.

    As for the WR Robinson at Clemson and Walker at Bama, I have no problem with Muschamp continuing to recruit them. It’s how he bagged the USC-e LB as well as Fowler last year too.

    Then there’s WR James Grant, and IMO, we should offer and get this kid. He’s special IMO, not to mention a seriously dangerous KO/P return threat and would be great running the jet sweeps after patton plays his sr. year next season.

  9. Well my wish list for the 2013 class additions are WR- Marquez North, RB – Alex Collins, DT- Montravius Adams and CB – Mackensie Alexander. Marq North reminds me of Frankie Neal with his speed, power and physical play. Alex Collins reminds of Fred Taylor with his power and speed (home-run threat) which we haven’t had since Percy Harvin. Mon Adams will add depth and competition. Mack Alexander will be our punt returner, nickel-back, add to our blitz and dime packages. These guys will add playmakers to both sides of the football. To win championships every team will need to have at least 3 playmakers on defense as well as offense. Check our NC (96,06 and 08) teams.

  10. Hell of a list DUKE1906, but do you think these kids are holding out to see how much better the class is going to get?? They should know by NOW how much better the class would be if they included themselves.They know they are a valued commodity and are trying to see where they fit. You have given them the GREAT senario as to where they fit on this TEAM, Thanks !!! Go Gators !!!!

  11. Creek Gator, that is a very good point and sometimes other players will want to see who has committed. I like those players because they have handled all their recruitment in a businesslike manner. This is what you want because going to class, practice, film study, weight lifting and individual workouts have to be likewise. They will need to adhere to schedules with discipline or they will not survive. The players that have offers can come and help win championships because of team work not “me work”. Here is the truth in any team sport- Prima Donnas rarely bring championships and these guys seem like “hard hat and work boots” type of players. Go Gators